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Vocational Education Review - Frequently Asked Questions


On 13 February 2019, the Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced a major proposal to reform Vocational Education and Training (also referred to as VET) in New Zealand. This is known as the Review of Vocational Education (ROVE). The reform proposes to bring together New Zealand’s ITPs under the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, which would continue to be state-owned and funded.


What does this mean for our students?

It’s business as usual at Wintec. Nothing changes, qualifications, teaching support and learning will all be the same. In the future, there will be a whole lot of improvements for students’ learning experience to encourage consistency and quality across the New Zealand polytechnic sector.

Does Wintec support this change?

Yes we do. It’s a vote for vocational education and collaboration across the sector to ensure students get the best possible experience and opportunities. We are looking at how we can make it work well in our region, for our students, staff, employers and our community.

When does this change take place?

From January 2020 the government proposes to bring the 16 polytechnics and the industry training organisations under a single entity currently referred to as the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). 

Is the proposal for a single entity a certainty?

No. This is currently a proposal from the Government. The final form may change after consultation has been considered. 

Will there be a name change?

Nothing has been decided. The name, New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology is a temporary working title at the moment. This will be part of the consultation process.

If I enrol now, will my course continue to be delivered over the next 1,2 or 3 years?

Yes. There is no change to enrolments. We will continue to deliver our courses and qualifications. The new system will have a minimal impact on students. This applies to domestic and international students. 

Will my qualifications still be valid?

All qualifications are assured by the New Zealand Government and sit on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). There is no change to this status whatever happens.

Will students be required to move campus?

No. Regardless of any change, students’ enrolments will be honoured.

Will Wintec still be part of our region or will students have to travel to study or study online?

Regional education is important, it’s where the students are, where jobs are and where employers are. The proposed changes by the Education Minister have a strong regional focus. Regional groups including iwi, employers and industry will help drive this.

Does this mean ITOs and ITPs will be merged? What does that mean in our region?

The current model is not working as well as it should be and the government is working to create more collaboration. What we need is a vocational education system where industry and education providers have strong, distinct and complementary roles. 

What does this mean for Māori and Pasifika students?

The proposed new system recognises that not all learners across the vocational education system are getting the employment and educational outcomes they deserve. This includes Māori and Pasifika learners. For more information read the Iwi and Māori factsheet, the Wānanga factsheet  and the Pacific factsheet.

What does this mean for international students?

There is no change for international students in 2019 and for the foreseeable future. All qualifications will continue to be honored and there is no change to enrolments, location of study or the continuation of courses and qualifications.

What does this mean for international agents?

There is no change for agents in 2019 and for the foreseeable future. All contracts and conditions remain valid for the current terms.

How can I find out more?

Check out this link for further information on the review.


Read Wintec's submission on the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE).